India’s Deadly Indoor Air

You may have notice we frequently include stories about indoor air and indoor cookfires. Here’s why: WHO estimates that 4.3 million people die each year from chronic respiratory conditions linked to indoor air pollution.

This latest IPS story from India documents the millions of women who cook with a biomass-burning stove because they cannot afford cooking gas. 142 million rural households (more than 8 out of 10) completely depend on biomass fuel, such as cow-dung and firewood, for cooking.

The Quote: “It takes us five to six hours to gather [the firewood] we need each day – we have to travel far into the woods to collect it," said Kehmli Devi, a housewife in Uttarakhand state.

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